Enes Kanter Fined $25,000 for Throwing Mouthpiece in Crowd (VIDEO)

by December 10, 2014

Utah Jazz big man Enes Kanter hurled his mouthguard in frustration Monday night, in a 101-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

A fan recovered the wet, nasty thing, and Kanter joked that he hopes a lawsuit isn’t forthcoming.

Kanter apologized for losing his cool, but the NBA still fined him $25K.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Late in the third quarter, Kanter was called for a traveling violation and the Jazz big man responded by spiking the ball to the ground and then throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd. […] “It was the intensity, man. You know what I mean?” said Kanter, who scored 13 points and had six rebounds in the 101-92 loss. “We’ve been losing, so I’m just pissed. I’m pissed at something. I don’t want to say what it is, but I was just pissed and that’s just how I [reacted].”


Kanter wouldn’t elaborate further on the source of his frustration. But, as we’ve mentioned, the Jazz have now lost nine games in a row and those losses weigh heavily on Kanter. […] “Really heavy,” he said. “We just have to get a win. … This is the ninth one. We just cannot get used to losing, you know what I mean. We just have to break that bad luck, or whatever it is, and get a win.”


As for that mouthpiece? […] “At least he caught it,” Kanter said. “Right? At least the guy caught it. He’s not going to sue me, I hope.”